I see

seeing

v. intr.
To have the power to perceive with or as if with the eye.
To understand; comprehend.
To consider: Let’s see, which email should I use?
To go and look: She had to see for herself and went into the garage.
To ascertain; find out: We probably can do it, but we’ll have to see.
To have foresight: “No man can see to the end of time” (John F. Kennedy).
To take note.

I’m an artist and designer. Always looking, always seeking, always processing, always questioning my view of my world.

I’ve gotten some criticism about the name Seeing is a Verb, which is also the name of my studio and gallery. Seeing is not actually a verb they say. I notice how much our listening of the world dictates HOW we see. Do we see this statement as literal factual inaccuracy or a delicious invite into exploration and intrigue? Where do we get stopped in life by our predisposed views of the world we walk through? How is what we see and how we see dicated by our culture? By our automated machine called human? When do we let go and really BE in the moments of seeing?

We are seeing all the time. Even blind people see. Where does seeing come from? Yep, there’s the physical mechanics of how we see. The cones, etc. But that’s not what I’m talking about here. That’s not what I’m interested in. Our world unfolds moment to moment. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a movie and making it at the same time–a delighful dance. It makes me smile.

What grabs me is the organic nature of how I see. How I connect the juxpostioning of what I see. The wonderful play and interactions of the visual playground of life…uncertain and unknown.

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5 thoughts on “I see

  1. This is all very intriguing. Very metaphysical. Could you post something about how you “see” when you take pictures through a camera and how that affects how you “see”? I’d be interested to hear your take on it. I have some ideas about it (for starters: controlling what others see by what you show them but also knowing what one person sees in that picture will be different from the next person), but I’d like to hear what you have to say first.

  2. I take no less than 200 pictures a week. Digital photography has become my eyes in a sense. I paint with the camera and reality. Happy accidents happen all the time and I’m always amazed and surprised at what get’s revealed in the very moment the picture is taken. I often can’t see it until I look at the downloaded images. What a gift….so much information in the frame. A moment frozen in time can be so fluid, active, and dynamic.

    My process is part intuitive, part trained eye and mostly driven by what draws me visually. It’s poetry to me. Color, composition, content…..AND what’s NOT SEEN is the real picture. No seen until we look. I don’t think of who is looking at the photo…..seeing is an active process. What people wil see will be very different from what I saw and see again. It’s different all the time.

    Seeing to me is like reading a book but better. My interpretations are informeed by my view of te world. My ongoing assessment and visuall delight. It’s an active process. It’s a dialogue…seer and the seen. It get’s better when I can share it with someone and engage in the conversation the image provokes.

    Tell me what is your answer to your question?

  3. “ways of seeing” by john berger. It’s very dense but very short. good scholarly and artistic little read. There was a BBC special one it which basically reiterates it, but not worth watching. pick up the book; it’s a good reference. 🙂

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